Mabel Pollock was born in the summer of 1927 on Cape Saunders Lighthouse station. Her childhood as the middle member of a family of seven children was a happen one. Every three years the Marine Dept shifted the family from one lighthouse to the next by the G.S.S. Matai.
On the restricted lighthouse stations her father became her hero. He could do anything. Veteran from the first world war he spun wool, knitted, built boats, windmills, crystal sets, wove baskets and gardened.
In 1969 this big, strong, resourceful man suffered a series of strokes to become a voiceless cripple. Mabel watched him shrivel and die.
Years later, haunted by the final image of her father, she decided to tell the world what a Great Guy her Dad was.
This book is the result. An animated portrait of a now extinct way of life, from Maria Van Diemen in the North, to Puysegar Point in the south.
It recalls a strangely knit, far flung community that strove to make our coastline safe for all mariners; through fine weather and foul, through peace and through war. Museum artifacts, photographs, books and tourist sites are all that remain.
Paperback, in very good condition, signed by author